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Homes in Montgomery County damaged during snow removal

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GAITHERSBURG, Md. -

Some families in Montgomery County are dealing with damaged homes from the last big snow. The damage was caused by snow removal crews clearing the snow from the shoulder along Interstate 270.

The snow was sent so high that it breached 20-foot retainer walls and hit a number of homes in Gaithersburg and Germantown.

“Like a bomb or something,” said John Nguyen.

It was a frightening moment for Nguyen and his wife as a wave of snow and debris were shot at the back of his home, breaking windows and damaging the siding.

Next-door neighbor Kristi Belcher was eating breakfast with her kids when her home was hit. A rock tore the window screen inches away from them, but fortunately did not shatter the glass.

The homes back up to northbound I-270 in Germantown. On Friday morning, crews were using snow blowers to clear the side of the interstate, but the snow and debris flew right over the retainer wall.

“If there had been a rock that had fallen a little higher, we probably would have been taking our kids to the emergency room,” Belcher added.

It was a similar story in Gaithersburg where Andrea Black lives on southbound I-270.

There was no major damage to her home, but she says in the past 30 years, she has never seen anything like it.

“I'm not sure if he was too close to the embankment because I've seen them clean after the big snow a few years ago and nothing like that ever happened before,” said Black.

A spokesperson for the Maryland State Highway Administration sent a statement to FOX 5: “SHA sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience and impact to residents from snow removal operations along some areas of Interstate 270 last week. SHA strives to conduct snow removal in a safe manner and this situation was not acceptable. We will determine what happened and take steps to prevent it from happening again. We will make sure any damages are covered by the contractor(s) to make residents whole again. We are truly sorry for the situation and will work to make sure it is not repeated.”


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